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The Argentine Sweet Tooth Starts with Alfajores


alfajorNo trip to Argentina would be complete without sampling the delectable alfajor- a sweet snack made from a smear of dulce de leche sandwiched between two crumbly, buttery cookies. Argentineans eat them for breakfast, for dessert, as a snack, with tea or coffee in the afternoon…if you’re starting to see that there’s no inappropriate time to eat alfajores, you’re on the right track.

The Secret to the Perfect Ñoquis


Photo by Rebecca Caro.

If you’ve traveled to Argentina, you may have heard about the tradition they have there of eating ñoquis on the 29th of every month. On restaurant menus all across the country, the ñoquis appear as a special feature on this day. Ñoquis are those pillowy, fluffy potato dumplings known as gnocchi in Italy– light and dense at the same time; in Argentina they feed both spirit and belly. Why? And where does the tradition come from?